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An outline business case published by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (Symca) could pave the way to the reopening of Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (DSA), which was closed in November 2022.

The airport owner, owner Peel Group said it was no longer commercially viable, but the mayor, City of Doncaster Council and the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) have been working to find a way to re-open the airport that is legally and financially sound.

MCA awarded City of Doncaster Council £3.1M in summer 2023 to prepare an outline business case “to take control of the airport [from Peel Group] through a leasing arrangement, re-establish operations under a new business model, and use the asset as an anchor for growth at the wider Gateway East site to support economic regeneration and benefits to the city and region as a whole”.

The fresh outline business case published on 5 February 2024 says “re-opening the airport provides the best opportunity to secure economic growth and well-being not just in Doncaster but will have wider benefits for South Yorkshire as a whole,” according to a statement from Symca.

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